Two months on from the federal elections and five weeks after commencing negotiations, conducted in the utmost secrecy, Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens and the liberal Free Democratic Party unveiled their “coalition contract”, which will serve as their programme for government for the next four years. Unveiled on 24 November, the contract contains various positions on social matters, where the three parties held differing stances during the election campaign (see article n°12682). Compromises have been reached on topics including the minimum wage, working time and codetermination, provoking mixed reactions from the social partners.
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